Pow­er­scourt school plants tree to mark its 200 years

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Pow­er­sourt Na­tional School in En­niskerry took full ad­van­tage of The Tree Coun­cil of Ire­land sup­ported by Te­tra Pak ‘ Tree Day’ last Friday to dig a mas­sive big hole in prepa­ra­tion to plant an oak sapling at their school premises on Sun­day.

The tree plant­ing launched the Pow­er­scourt Na­tional School 200 Years Cel­e­bra­tion.

The cer­e­mony was held after the Har­vest Fes­ti­val Church Ser­vice and prior to the an­nual spon­sored walk which the school un­der­takes as part of a fam­ily get to­gether at the be­gin­ning of each school year; a way for new and older par­ents and all the chil­dren to come to­gether and so­cialise.

It was 1818 when the doors of a small school­house nes­tled un­der the gaze of the clock tower in the heart of En­niskerry opened. A school for young chil­dren, a house of learn­ing where ex­cited minds ex­plored, ex­am­ined and re­cited the rhymes and rea­sons of the un­fold­ing world.

In 2011 the old school­house was va­cated, the chil­dren marched up to the top of the hill op­po­site the gates of the Pow­er­scourt Es­tate to a per­fect state of the art new school, for hope­fully an­other 200 years of eru­di­tion.

The won­der­ful School­house is still be­ing used for ed­u­ca­tion pur­poses, for the last four years it has hosted many ex­hi­bi­tions and art classes and work­shops for prac­tic­ing, novice and pro­fes­sional artists un­der the ban­ner of the School­house for Art.

The School­house for Art are de­lighted to be shar­ing in the won­der­ful cel­e­bra­tion of 200 years, hop­ing to join the school ac­tiv­ity, the old school­house and the com­mu­nity in the ar­ray of ac­tiv­i­ties that are be­ing sched­ule for the com­ing aca­demic year.

Pow­er­scourt NS pupils Noah For­tune, Laila Rose Allen McKee and Joe Maloney with fruit picked from the school grounds for the har­vest ser­vice.

Keith McKee and Lot­tie Allen McKee at the har­vest ser­vice.

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